Denise Linn is an everyday woman living in Paso Robles, California. She is an internationally renowned teacher in the field of self-development and the best-selling author of sixteen books. For over 40 years, Denise has researched healing traditions from cultures around the world including the aborigines of Australia, the Zulu in Africa, the Maori of New Zealand as well as from her own Native American roots. Her own spiritual journey began as a teenager when she had a near-death experience after being shot by an unknown gunman. The revelations she received on the “other side” and the incredible healing of her wounds led her to eventually become an internationally respected healer, writer and teacher. She has been a featured guest on Oprah, Lifetime, Discovery Channel BBC TV, NBC and CBS. See Jane Do caught up with Denise by phone from her ranch near San Luis Obispo to find out more about the knowledge our bodies hold and the need to finally start listening.
Often people take a traumatic incident and try to put it behind them or forget about it entirely. You’ve done the opposite and it has changed your life for the better.
It’s just finding what works, and for some people, putting it behind them works, but they are actually suppressing it, and often what we resist persists. What we put a lot of energy into not experiencing or not remembering festers and grows.
You are the author of sixteen books on a wide range of topics. What was the inspiration for “Unlock the Secret Messages of Your Body” and why was it important to write this book now?
What really inspired me to write this book was a survey of American children’s views of the future and very few had a positive vision of the future. They were afraid of war, environmental and ecological disasters. There were so many fears, I knew what we fear is what we tend to create. What is expected tends to be realized. In ancient times there were ways of dealing with fear; there was a sense of lineage, a sense of our ancestors had gone through this and we will too. We don’t have that now. They say people today are stressed, which really is just a code word for fear. With the advent of mass media, the news tends to focus on what is negative and I thought that there is a way to turn the tide and co-create a positive future.
In your book “Past Lives, Present Miracles”, you write about how we subconsciously manifest situations in the present similar to those in the past, you could easily say that as a nation we have collectively done that?
There is a thin veil between our personal and the collectively consciousness. People think, “I’m only one person what difference can I make?” It is that one person who really works to heal those subterranean thoughts and themselves that has the greatest impact on others and the world.
You write that reincarnation helps us ask the question of “What is our purpose on Earth?” How so?
I think that even the person who has seemingly everything, still has an inner ache to have a sense of who they are. And when we begin to answer these questions, we begin to have a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we interact with the world. The second biggest hobby in the US is finding out one’s ancestry. We are the second generation to have a limited sense of lineage. We know our parents and grandparents and that’s it, there is no sense of the seven generations behind and ahead of us.
Why are so many people lost?
I think it is because of the Industrial Age. We have gained so much with the Internet and modern technological advantages, but we have lost so much. I think there is a deep sense of isolation occurring because of modern technology; families don’t work together, we never see our neighbors.
You draw on ancient and indigenous cultures in helping to explain that every act has consequences, that in the realm of karma, the power of our thoughts and feelings is palpable and has a life of its own, it’s not just what you do, it is what you think and feel.
In those ancient and native cultures the wisdom they had was based on generations, hundred and sometimes thousands of years of people living in alignment with the cycles of the earth, and that wisdom being passed down, and it worked. There are things that our spirit needs.
In addition to writing books, your radio program, speaking tours, you do a lot of personal one on one work with people. In the last couple of years what have you seen different in previous years working with people particularly women?
What I’m noticing, and it might be my generation and not anything to do with the world at large, but people are saying, “I want to live a life that matters” or “I don’t want to be at the end of my like asking what haven’t I done, or waiting for something”. There is this yearning for something more and making a difference in the world.
What is your message to women around the world?
I don’t have a message, but a story. When my daughter was growing up, I’d talk to her about women’s rights. I can remember telling her a story about one of my first jobs where I earned $1.25 and hour and the guy I worked with made $3.25. I worked harder and did more dangerous things and got three times less. She just recently came to me, and said, “Mom I now know what you are talking about”. Like many of her friends she is in a managerial position and makes 81 cents for every dollar earned by a man. I told her don’t give up and keep fighting for equality. I say continue to teach our daughters and not to forget. I’m a big believer in history.
Insight Lecture Series presents Denise Linn Saturday, November 6, 2010 , 10am-4:30pm at the Unity in the Gold Country, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Tickets $85. More information at www.insightlecture.com